Fuel Prices Drive Spanish Truckers to Protest

Strike idles tens of thousands of vehicles
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2008 4:40 PM CDT
An unidentified truck driver prepares a cigarette while waiting outside his truck next to a tire punctured by Spanish strikers near to the border with France in Behobia, Spain, Monday, June 9, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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(Newser) – Spanish truck drivers went on strike at midnight to protest skyrocketing fuel prices, erecting blockades across the country and snarling traffic on the border with France, the EiTB network reports. Drivers who attempted to continue operating found their tires slashed, windshields smashed and headlights destroyed. Fuel prices in Spain have risen more than 35% this year. (Read more trucking stories.)